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-Trunk lid: In 98 it took a lot of effort to close the trunk. My wife hated it. With the 01 it closes as easily as the traditional hinged trunk does.
-Noise: This is a favorite on this forum. I found the noise level to be considerably lower than in 98. I take I-295 into work. Most of it is concrete. Yet tire noise wasn't intrusive. It was there, and unless you're driving an LS430 you're going to hear it. But it was much quieter than my old one. Even outside noise like cars passing by was well muted.
-Seats: Need more lumbar support. A manual (preferably a power) lumbar support is needed. I believe harlanc said that would be corrected with 2002 models. They also seem wider than before. Note that I had cloth seats in the 98, now I have leather. Shouldn't matter but you never know.
-Mirror: Trivial matter but the rear-view mirror is different. Now there is a push button to activate the lights under the mirror. Previously it used a rocker switch. I'm going to replace it with a Donnelly electrochromic mirror with compass and outside temp reading.
Driving Impressions-Ride: The ride quality felt better than the 98. While not an Aurora, it was very comfortable over large bumps like sunken manhole covers. The 98 seemed to allow more of the impact into the cabin. The ride of the 98 was also a little firmer. 2001 is much smoother overall. But I'm sure the 3.5 has a lot to do with that.
-Engine: Since we're on the subject, I found the 3.5 to be a much better engine than the 3800. I have been in both camps so it's not loyalty speaking. The 3.5 w/o PCS has more than enough power for "sane" stop-n-go. Still too soon to see how it performs when flooring it from a stop. The orchestration btwn the engine and tranny is also improved. With the 3.8 (and I feel it in the Bonnie as well) after mashing the gas while doing about 30 mph a slight hesitation occurs. Not long, nothing to cause concern. More like the engine is taking a deep breath. Not in the 3.5. Immediate, smooth and seamless power is delivered. Highway passing was excellent, as expected.
I'm sure I'll think of more. Will post as it comes to me. But overall, I am very pleased with the purchase. I'm glad I didn't go with the other vehicles on my shopping list. Besides, this car looks good in Midnight Blue!
Article talks about Saturn's L-series being good but late to the party. Seems like the stuffed shirts at GM still haven't gotten the picture. Let's hope they don't flush Buick down the toilet. Unfortunately it looks like they will. 3.7L doesn't look like it will be ready when the Regal is (terribly) redesigned. So they'll go with the trusty 3800. Their SUV is attractive but underpowered. And there's talk about making all Buick dealers part of GMC-Pontiac (as some in my area already are). Apparently everyone in the world except GM learned from the mistakes made with Oldsmobile.
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